North Bay sanitation district facing fines

June 12, 2009 6:56:04 AM PDT
A sanitation district that operates a treatment plant on San Francisco Bay is facing fines of up to $332,000 for spills that sent wastewater into the bay.

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State water regulators say in three separate incidents, the Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District's treatment plant at Fort Baker sent a combined 775,000 gallons of partially treated or raw sewage into the bay.

Officials with the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board say in the biggest spill, nearly 767,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater flowed into the bay between Feb. 15 and 21 when an underwater pipe burst.

The district is also being blamed for a smaller discharge of raw sewage in August of 2008.

A hearing is set for Sept. 9.

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